Halifax office tower to feature building-integrated solar PV

Eclipsall and Ferguson-Neudorf Glass are collaborating on the manufacture of building-integrated PV (BIPV) modules for the 22 storey TD Halifax Tower in Halifax, designed by Lydon, Lynch Architects. The project will employ 300Wp frameless glass-on-glass PV modules installed and used as a street-level canopy along the south and west façades of the building. Also, there will be 190Wp frameless glass-on-glass window shading modules installed on the south facade of the structure.

This installation enables the building owner to achieve LEED Gold status on this project as defined by LEED Core & Shell 2009, which achieves two credits for ½ per cent (.005), or four credits for one per cent (.01) of the total predicted energy demand of the building.

BIPV materials are designed to replace conventional construction materials within the outer envelope of a building including roof, skylights, glazing, exterior surfaces and façades. In addition to producing electricity, BIPV installations add structural value and can enhance a building’s aesthetic quality and design.

“The BIPV market is expected to undergo a significant growth period, said Les Lyster, CEO of Eclipsall. “It is a natural extension of our business to develop products for this market and we see Ferguson-Neudorf as a key partner in realizing this objective.”

“This is an ideal partnership”, said David Beckham, Director of BIPV at Ferguson-Neudorf. “Our company has deep experience designing curtain wall solutions for architects and Eclipsall has the manufacturing capability to produce these new BIPV products.”

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